My only year tick today was a rather easy one, Marsh Tit.
There's been one regularly in Mum and Dad's garden over the past few weeks, so when I was up there earlier I spent a short while looking out the window. I saw it within about a minute! The amazing thing is this Marsh Tit is ringed, so it surely has to be this one...
|Ringed in their garden on 09/06/11. See blog post here: http://www.stevesbirdingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/week-of-ringing.html|
This is the only Marsh Tit I've ringed here. After ringing it, and before Dad started seeing it a few weeks ago, we haven't seen it or any Marsh Tit once in the garden! Also whilst looking for the Marsh Tit this afternoon I noticed a ringed female Blackcap too. I really must get the nets back up, and find out if these are indeed 'my' birds.
Earlier today, I just had to have a sea watch because of the rather breezy southerly wind. It looked promising with a few Gannet out there, and a few more auks. In reality though, in the hour I gave it, four Red-throated Divers west were as good as it got.
With more snow forecasted I hope this cold spell has a few more patch year ticks to offer. Come on wildfowl - get moving!!!